When it comes to racial shakedowns, few organizations succumb on a grander scale than the National Football League. This tendency was on full display on Tuesday when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and black rapper/business mogul Jay-Z announced a multiyear partnership “to enhance the NFL’s live game experiences and to amplify the league’s social justice efforts.” More plainly, the league is about to entangle itself further with political radicalism. Goodell and company may believe that the pact is good for public relations, but they could not be more wrong.
The NFL for many years has been a prime target of black political operatives in and out of the league. The active player roster across the league’s 32 teams, after all, is nearly two-thirds black. The activism paid handsome dividends when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, newly reborn as a Black Lives Matter activist, instituted a pregame ritual during … Read More ➡
Buying a pair of athletic shoes shouldn’t be a political act. But Nike, the world’s largest maker of athletic shoes, thinks otherwise. And it might lose customers as a result. On Thursday evening, September 6, the company aired its widely anticipated two-minute “Just Do It”-themed ad on NBC-TV during the 2018 NFL season opener narrated by Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who two years ago started the ritual “kneel-down” national anthem protests. He remains a factually-challenged moral exhibitionist who has built a cult upon the false claim that local police forces across the nation are murdering innocent blacks. The campaign might boost Nike sales in the short run, but market surveys suggest that it might not end well.
For a man whose name is radioactive around the National Football League, Colin Kaepernick’s career shift is paying off. During the 2016 exhibition season, he chose to kneel rather … Read More ➡
The National Education Association thinks Colin Kaepernick is an ideal role model. Many members, however, may take their loyalty elsewhere. And frankly, they should. On July 1, the NEA honored Kaepernick, along with several other persons and organizations, with a “Human and Civil Rights” award in recognition of the former pro-football star’s campaign “to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism.” The born-again political revolutionary, who these last couple years has been peddling the idea that police are conducting a nationwide pogrom against innocent blacks, accepted the honor with predictable melodrama. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” he said. “There are bodies in the streets.”
If not necessarily as a pro-football player, then as an activist, Colin Kaepernick has come of age. By initiating the now-common pregame kneel-down, fist-in-the-air ritual during the playing of … Read More ➡
On the surface, it looks like a compromise. Underneath, it is a capitulation. Yesterday the National Football League and its 32 team owners announced the establishment of a new policy on the issue of player ‘kneel-downs’ during the playing of the national anthem to express solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other radical groups who see America as the land of racial injustice. While the policy nominally bars players from kneeling down on the sidelines and gives owners the latitude to levy fines against violators, it also allows players to protest by remaining in their locker rooms. This is not a resolution. Indeed, it is a guarantee of further political melodrama.
Last November 29, as National Legal and Policy Center discussed at length days later, the National Football League and the NFL Players Association reached an agreement over this issue to ward off controversy. The league would provide $89 million … Read More ➡
The National Football League, a model of fecklessness, has taken the art of surrender to a new level. Last Wednesday evening, November 29, a group of team owners and black players reached a tentative plan to divert at least $89 million over seven years to various radical organizations. The move, an effort to placate the now-ritualized theatrical pregame “kneel-down” player protests during the national anthem, was a gift to two groups in particular, the Players Coalition and the Dream Corps, the latter led by Van Jones, an Obama-era White House adviser. “No decisions have been made on where the money will go yet, much less all the money over the next seven years,” said NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart. His boss, Roger Goodell, meanwhile, won’t have to worry. Two days ago, he signed a five-year contract extension potentially worth $40 million a year.
In what is universally agreed to be the National Football League’s worst year, both on and off the field, in anyone’s long-term memory, team owners appear to be ready to reward Commissioner Roger Goodell with a sizable contract extension.
The NFL’s reputation, for many years signified with pride by its “shield” logo, has been diminished by high-profile domestic violence incidents by some of its players; by increasing awareness of long-term brain injuries the game causes; and most of all, by widespread protests during the playing of the National Anthem before games, where many players have refused to stand with respect.
The response from the league’s formerly robust fandom has shown in both stadium attendance and television viewership. For the last several weeks, pointing out the high number of empty seats at games has become a sport in itself. As for those who used to enjoy Sunday afternoons in … Read More ➡
Following in the footsteps of cowardice exhibited by the NFL’s owners, coaches, and media partners, the league’s corporate sponsors remained mostly mute following the offensive display by players who disrespected the symbols of American freedom by kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner.
Friday night’s remarks in Huntsville, Ala. by President Trump, who called upon team owners to “fire” the “SOB” players who refused to stand during the anthem, was met with a firestorm of resistance. Depending on the team, the league-wide response by more than 200 of its players was for some players – and sometimes entire squads – to stay in locker rooms, sit on benches, interlock arms in unity or otherwise go missing during the flag-honoring ceremonies of games.
Besides showing condemnation towards Trump and his remarks in every way imaginable, the media has gone into its typical “what do you think” … Read More ➡
As far as swindlers went, the late Kirk Wright hadn’t quite ascended to the top of the mountain. But he was fast coming within range. Wright, 37, had started and run International Management Associates (IMA), an Atlanta-based hedge fund which came to amass somewhere between $150 million and $200 million in paper assets. The problem was that these assets weren’t worth much more than the paper they were printed on. The fund collapsed in 2006, triggering a rash of federal indictments. The Securities and Exchange Commission slapped Wright with a separate $20 million civil suit. Other legal action resulted, too, most notably a civil suit filed by several retired pro football players against their union, the NFL Players Association, plus the NFL itself and certain individuals for failing to perform due diligence on Wright. The players had lost a combined $20 million or more.
It’s become a familiar story. High-paid professional athletes, advised by aggressive financial managers, put their assets in investments that go bust. In football alone, casualties have included Tony Dorsett, Lawrence Taylor and the late Johnny Unitas. Now several former pro football players burned out of an estimated combined $20 million believe they have a case against both their league and union. On Thursday, March 29, they got a major piece of good news in Atlanta federal court. U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes denied a motion to dismiss their civil suit against the National Football League, the National Football League Players Association, and several unidentified entities whose job it was to perform background checks of investment managers.
Last June, seven former NFL defensive stars – Steve Atwater, Blaine Bishop, Marco Coleman, Ray Crockett, Carlos Emmons, Clyde Simmons, and Al Smith – filed suit to recover losses from an alleged fraud … Read More ➡